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<strong>The</strong> ARTS — 1 Dirk Bouts meal to remember By Rev Michael Burgess When we celebrate the Eucharist and make our communion, we are remembering that special meal Jesus shared with his disciples on the eve of his arrest and death. But do we always appreciate what we are doing? Sometimes the monotony of repetition and distractions will get in the way. We fail to recognise Christ’s gift at communion for what it truly is. In the 15th Century the prosperous burghers of the Flemish town of Louvain commissioned the artist Dirk Bouts to paint a special altarpiece devoted to the Eucharist for the church of St Peter. Dirk Bouts portrayed the Last Supper in a room looking out to his own town of Louvain. <strong>The</strong> faces of the servers in the room and the cooks looking through the hatch were modelled on the burghers who commissioned the work. Other faces are modelled on theologians at the new university Book Reviews Celtic Prayer – Caught Up in Love Edited by David Cole (Brother Cassian), BRF, £12.99 This rich collection of essays, conversations and reflections from 30 members of the Community of Aidan and Hilda distils the ancient wisdom of the Celtic Christians and applies it to the lived reality of contemporary readers. It offers deep spiritual truths woven beautifully with usable prayers. 101 Great Big Questions about God and Science By Lizzie Henderson and Steph Bryant, Lion Children’s Books, £9.99 Have you ever wondered how the universe began, who visited the artist. <strong>The</strong>y wanted to ensure he kept his theological feet on the ground while his imagination took flight. And so around the scene of the Last Supper, Bouts has painted Old Testament scenes foreshadowing that holy communion: Melchizedek offering bread and wine in return for Abraham’s offering, the eating of the first Passover, the gathering of the manna in the wilderness, and Elijah wakened by the angel to eat and drink before setting out for Horeb. Signs of sacrifice, the Passover of the old covenant, daily food and food for the journey — all key aspects of the communion we celebrate and share in. what the point of life might be, or whether God likes science? <strong>The</strong>n this is the book for you! 101 Great Big Questions asked by children with fascinating responses from leading experts in the areas of science, theology, philosophy and beyond. End of the Road? By Michael Pfundner, Bible Society, £1.20 This handy booklet will reach people with the Christian message in just a few pages. It goes behind the scenes of Jesus' death and resurrection to look at the world changing events leading up to Easter Day and beyond. It points its readers towards the archaeological and documentary evidence of the real political and religious figures behind the Easter story in the Bible. <strong>The</strong> <strong>Parish</strong> <strong>Magazine</strong> - <strong>May</strong> <strong>2022</strong> 37 parishpump.co.uk Just as the theological faculty reminded Dirk Bouts of all these facets, so the artist is reminding us of the richness of the distinctive meal we have as Christians. When we see the bread and wine taken up and offered, we remember not only the Last Supper, when Jesus fed his disciples with the sacrifice of his life, but those occasions when God reached out to feed his people of old. We rejoice that the food our Lord gives us in the Eucharist feeds us now and enables us to make our journey through life to the eternal banquet offered in the heavenly kingdom. It is perfect for those who would like to know more about the history behind the Easter story, and can be used as a handout in churches or during outreach. Together in Mission – from All Nations to All Nations By David and Rosemary Harley, Monarch, £8.99 Have you ever felt the call of God to go into all the world? David and Rosemary Harley became full-time missionaries in Africa, and via several unexpected events helping to run All Nations College and latterly lead OMF International. <strong>The</strong>ir story is a remarkable one, but the heart of this book is to inspire others to answer the call of God on their lives and see where it might lead them.